In Focus: When Capture Becomes a Service
Imaging and content management executives were still buzzing last week about
EMC's pending acquisition of Captiva Software, debating just what it will
mean to the future of both markets.
MySQL Upgrade Targets Enterprise Deployments
MySQL can no longer be viewed as a limited, departmental database. With the release of version 5.0 in mid-November, the popular open-source database is a serious contender for enterprise-level use.
ARIS Platform v. 7.0; Hyperion System 9; Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database v. 6.0; MindSolve Visual Performance "MVP Express"
What, Me Worry?
Microsoft is making good on its plans to invade the business intelligence market with the launch of Business Scorecard Manager, a business intelligence server that's due Nov. 1. But at least one stand-alone analytics vendor says it isn't worried by Microsoft's foray into BI.
Play To Your Strengths
Midsize companies can use customer intelligence to out-maneuver the big firms, but executives will have to learn to share the knowledge and the authority to act.
Customers Vs. Vendors; Plenty of Blame To Go Around; Content Modeling Lives
Microsoft Rattles Some BI Cages
Never mind that Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion Solutions and others are allied with Microsoft on the operating systems front. The giant from Redmond wants their business on the applications end.
Jewel In Plain Sight
Oracle says Siebel's budding business intelligence functionality is a "hidden jewel" within the database maker's planned acquisition of the customer relationship management firm. But it's hard to call analytics a "hidden" jewel when such BI functionality is the very thing Oracle most wants to add to its enterprise software and database systems.
Labatt Brews Up A Data Warehouse
To better analyze diverse data sets related to operational and transactional performance, the Canadian brewing powerhouse foregoes an ERP system and builds a data warehouse instead.
The More Things Change...
How often is the integration between analytics tools and data sources as inexpensive and easy as analytics vendors claim it will be? The answer, it seems, is not too darned often.
Headsup: Data Breaches Threaten BI
Data that can't be gathered can't be analyzed. That's why business intelligence pros should start paying attention to the parade of data that's marching out of supposedly secure servers at organizations of every size and stripe.
Business Makes the Rules
Vendors promise to put business staff in charge of rules, but do you really want users messing with mission-critical apps? Here's how Freddie Mac, LexisNexis, STW Fixed Income Management and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona are balancing responsibilities for creating and maintaining business rules.
IT: Heal Thyself
Deprived of tools and data intelligence they've helped deploy within other business functions, IT executives find their departments overextended and themselves flying blind. Now, tech pros are embracing portfolio and project management, as well as best practices frameworks, to align IT with business objectives. But will old habits die hard?
And Now For A Word On Methodology
Some readers were upset that the business intelligence tools judged in a head-to-head comparison we're running don't include Business Objects or Hyperion. Well, there's a reason for that.
Stacking Up The BI Suites
What could be more handy than a point-by-point comparison -- and ranking -- of the business intelligence suites your organization might be considering? The only thing I can think of off the top of my head would be a teleporter.
Performance Management Unbound
Cognos found itself at the center of criticism from its rivals when it introduced Cognos 8. The reason: The BI vendor's new product release, competitors said, largely abandoned any focus on performance management. But anyone who thought Cognos' move was an indication of things to come from other BI firms has been proven wrong.
Robot Race Advances Military Technology
Robot history was made on October 8th in the second annual running of the DARPA Grand Challenge, a desert race held near Las Vegas featuring autonomous unmanned vehicles.
In Focus: 101 Advice for Process Management Neophytes
In a recent Intelligent Enterprise poll on business process management, 36 percent of 1,700 respondents said they were actively considering the technology. BPM Analyst Connie Moore of Forrester Research details who's adopting and adds her advice on where to begin.
'Operational' BI Enters The Midmarket
Among medium-sized companies, business intelligence was once a domain exclusive to the executive class. Now midmarket firms of all stripes are pushing BI tools out to employees on the front line of operations to reinvigorate processes and increase efficiency.